I will be driving from Houston, TX to the Overland Rally in Gunnison, CO at the end of July. I'm looking for suggestions as to possible easy to moderate overland travel routes. My loose plan is to stop at Guadalupe Mt National Park, then head up to somewhere near the Taos,NM area then thru Lake City, CO and on to Gunnsion.
Assuming the snow pack melts, I am thinking on doing what I think is called the Alpine Loop. Leaving Lake City going up the Wagner Gulch Trail to Cinnamon Pass go Animas Forks then returning to Lake City via the Engineer Pass Trail. It sounds like a great route, except I don't make any forward progress towards the rally, which is okay.
Does anyone have any suggestions for overland routes that I could drive that would be an alternative to paved roads for forward progress.